General Education Requirements (2006-2007)

If there are no courses listed with a specific requirement, see the lists of approved courses below.

  • Written communication (6 credits): Fulfilled by ENGL 100 or 101 and ENGL 302
  • Oral communication (3 credits): Fulfilled by COMM 100 or 101
  • Quantitative reasoning (3 credits)
  • Information technology (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Fine arts (3 credits)
  • Natural science (7 credits): CHSS and COS require 8 credits of a lab science sequence
  • Western civilization (3 credits): Fulfilled by HIST 100 or 125 (see below for other options for transfer students)
  • Social and behavioral science (3 credits)
  • Global understanding (3 credits)
  • Synthesis (3 credits)

Students must fulfill each of these university general education requirements with a separate course. No course may be used to fulfill more than one university requirement.

Under some circumstances, students may use a single course to fulfill a university general education requirement and a college-level requirement or a requirement for the major.  See your academic advisor for more information.

College Requirements for BA Students (2006 - 2007)

  • Literature (3 credits in addition to the university requirement): Fulfilled by any course in literature at the 200 level in English, selected courses in foreign languages at the 300 level, or PHIL 253 (see list below)
  • Philosophy or religious studies (3 credits): Fulfilled by any course in PHIL or RELI
  • Social science
    • Math and science majors (3 credits in addition to the university general education requirement)
    • Other majors (6 credits in addition to the university general education requirement; no more than 6 credits of the 9 credits of social science may be in a single discipline).
    Fulfilled by any course in ADJ, ANTH, ECON, GEOG (except 102 or 309), GOVT, PSYC, or SOCI
  • Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level (0-12 credits)
  • Non-western culture (3 credits in addition to the global understanding requirement)

Under some circumstances, students may use a single course to fulfill a more than one college-level requirement. It is also possible under some circumstances to use a single course to fulfill a university general education requirement and a college-level requirement or a requirement for the major. See an academic advisor for more information.

Transfer Students

Admitted and enrolled transfer students who have completed an AA, AS, or AA&S degree from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) with a curriculum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 are considered to have met all of George Mason University's lower level general education requirements. They are still required by the university to complete English 302 and a synthesis course. Transfer students who meet the conditions above and are pursuing a degree in CHSS are considered to have met all college requirements except for proficiency in a foreign language (required of BA students).